Wolf Rilla's screenplay explores in one day's fairly busy activity the aimlessness, insecurity and heartaches of nightclub hostesses. The result is overdramatic but provides opportunities for deft thesping. Nightclub and location sequences in London have a brisk authenticity.

Wolf Rilla’s screenplay explores in one day’s fairly busy activity the aimlessness, insecurity and heartaches of nightclub hostesses. The result is overdramatic but provides opportunities for deft thesping. Nightclub and location sequences in London have a brisk authenticity.

Story concerns two girls, euphemistically called nightclub hostesses, who share an apartment. One (June Ritchie) is a flighty, young extrovert who is having an affair with the married son of a property tycoon. The other (Sylvia Syms) is an older girl, daughter of a country schoolmaster, who is disgusted with her job but cannot break away from it.

Syms gives an intelligent and often moving performance. Her scenes with her father (William Hartnell) are excellent. Hartnell, playing the unworldly, scholarly father, who has no contact with his daughter, also gives an observant study. The other two principals are more phonily drawn characters. Edward Judd seems strangely uneasy in his role and Ritchie, despite many firstrate moments, sometimes appears as if she is simply jumping through paper hoops.

The World Ten Times Over

UK

Production

Cyclops/Associated-British. Director Wolf Rilla; Producer Michael Luke; Screenplay Wolf Rilla; Camera Larry Pizer; Editor Jack Slade; Music Edwin Astley; Art Director Peggy Gick

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1963. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Sylvia Syms Edward Judd June Ritchie William Hartnell
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